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Review – Hacksaw Ridge

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Review – Hacksaw Ridge

By guest columnist my_year_in_movies.

Of all of this years Oscar nominated movies, this was one that I’ve really been looking forward to and it didn’t let me down. Hacksaw Ridge really is a story of two halves. The first half is kind of like a well-made Nicholas Sparks movie with a bit of ‘Private Benjamin’ thrown in for good luck. That might sound like an insult but it really isn’t meant to be. It does a great job of explaining Doss’s situation and his beliefs, so that by the time the second half of the movie starts you’re fully invested in his story, it’s believable and you’re with him. There are some strong dramatic moments and also a fair smattering of comedic moments and by the end of the first hour I had been pulled into quite a nice comfortable place.

Then they go to war.

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Kathryn Adams

Binary System Podcast #68 – Arrival

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Binary System Podcast #68 – Arrival

As part of our continuing coverage of the 2017 Academy Awards, the twins had a thoughtful discussion about the nuances involved in the judges’ choices for Best Picture, including the overlooked importance of the Production Design Award in tandem with the Sound Mixing and Film Editing Awards.

And by all of that I mean we recited the entire plot of Arrival with lots of “EEEEEE!” noises.

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Sthrngrlsrck

Beauty and the Beast: Final Trailer

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Beauty and the Beast: Final Trailer

The new trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” debuted during ABC’s broadcast of “The Bachelor” featuring new footage and Ariana Grande and John Legend’s duet of the iconic song Beauty and the Beast. Directed by Bill Condon, the film brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event. Be sure to check it out, and don’t forget to see “Beauty and the Beast” on March 17 when the film hits theaters nationwide.

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Kathryn Adams

Review: Dear Sweet Filthy World

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Review: Dear Sweet Filthy World

“Be careful,” she says and smiles again. “You’re starting to taste like regret.”

“And how does regret taste? I imagine it’s bitter.”

She shakes her head. “Then you’re mistaken. It’s not bitter. Regret tastes like dead roses and stale bread. Regret tastes like dust.”

I’ll admit it; I’ve been in kind of a rotten mood lately, what with the gloomy weather, multiple unfinished projects, and the daily train wreck that constitutes the national news. Last week I decided hell with it, I’m just going to grab a review copy of another collection of short stories, one with the darkest, most depressing title I could find, so there.

Dear Sweet Filthy World is the latest collection by Caitlín R. Kiernan. The twenty-nine stories (horror, fantasy, a little bit of sci-fi and a lot of erotica) were first published in Kiernan’s online ‘zine “Sirenia Digest”, so this is the first time they’ve been made available to anyone other than subscribers.

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llyzabeth

Review – Arrival

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Review – Arrival

You guys, I don’t know how to write a review for this movie, I really don’t. I can’t spoil anything about the plot, and I promise I won’t, but all the things I loved most, the things I really want to talk about, are all part of the things that need to surprise you when you see it. Which leaves me talking around the edges of everything I loved.

Plus it blew my mind, it really did.

Arrival

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llyzabeth

Review & Preview – Empowered “The Soldier of Love” #1

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Review & Preview – Empowered “The Soldier of Love” #1

It’s only two weeks till Valentine’s Day! Are you ready? Got plans? Want to see a super-powered villain with a love-gun and a rotten attitude spread chaos and destruction all over the city? Why wouldn’t you? See below for preview pages and a review of the first issue in the Empowered mini series Empowered and the Soldier of Love.

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llyzabeth

Review – Neil Gaiman’s “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire”

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire”

It’s always hard for me to pick a favorite Neil Gaiman story, but it’s easy for me to pick a favorite collection: Fragile Things wins, hands down.

Included in that book is “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire.” As you can guess from that mouthful, it’s a very tongue-in-cheek (ha) story, and when I heard it was being made into a graphic novel from Dark Horse, with art by Shane Oakley and (occasional) colors by Nick Filardi, I really hoped they’d stay true to the spirit (ha again) of the story.

(Minor spoilers below.)

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Sthrngrlsrck

Superhero Sworn in to City Council

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Superhero Sworn in to City Council

A recent Washington Post article, written by Cleve Wootson, highlighted the swearing in ceremony of Lan Diep. Diep donned his replica Captain America shield as he took his oath of office as a member of San Jose’s City Council. This true nerd and collector of all the nerdy things stated that “There are few opportunities for a grown, adult lawyer to whip out things that some people would choose to classify as toys. So they’ve languished in my closet, safe from scratches, thieves and those who would mercilessly mock me.” Awe, Lan Diep, we would never mock you. We commend you! Stay Nerdy!

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